Family Secret trial convictions against Chicago Outfit upheld by appeals court

May 2nd 2012 | Posted by


The convictions from the “Family Secrets Trial” against Chicago Outfit mobsters was upheld by a federal appeals court. The Family Secrets trial back in 2007 and connected 18 murders to the Chicago mafia. Convicted in the family secrets trial was then mob boss James “Little Jimmy” Marcello , Joseph “Joey the Clown” Lombardo a outfit leader , Frank Calabrese Sr a mob hit man, Paul “The Indian” Schiro a mob associate and crooked cop Anthony Doyle.


“Frank Calabrese Sr”


The appeals court rejected the legal arguments in a 2-1 vote. Lawyers for Marcello and Calabrese Sr argued that the two mobsters were convicted of the same criminal conspiracy charges twice since both men had previously been convicted of crimes in their respective street crews. They were then put back on trial for same crimes committed for the organization known as the Chicago Outfit and should of been considered double jeopardy.

U.S. Federal Appellate Judge Richard Posner said that both Calabrase and Marcello conspired to commit murder as members of the Chicago Mafia or Outfit and not as members of their respective street crews. But U.S. Appellate Judge Diane Wood wrote that she felt that street crews were the hand of the mob and the Chicago Outfit was the head and in her opinion no way to divide the two and she would reverse the convictions against Marcello and Calabrese Sr. But Posner wrote the majority opinion of the appeals court found a distinction between the crimes on behalf of the crews and the ones done on behalf of the Outfit as a whole.



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